Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Election 2014 a focus for Multicultural New Zealand


Election 2014 a focus for Multicultural New Zealand

The 2014 election will be a key focus for multicultural councils in communities around New Zealand for the next two months, says Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils.

Building on election policies published earlier this year, Multicultural New Zealand representatives have met with political party spokespeople to promote the policies and invited them to address the organisation’s annual general meeting in Wellington.
Panelists were Hon Trevor Mallard (Labour), Hon Peter Dunne (United Future), Asenati Lole-Taylor (NZ First) and Jan Logie (Greens). List candidates Pryanca Radakrishnan (Labour) and Sultan Eusoff (United Future) also spoke. Two political parties, Labour and United Future, used the occasion to formally launch election policies – Labour their immigration policy and United Future their ethnic affairs and immigration policies. Multicultural Councils will now organise meetings with local parliamentary candidates in their regions.

Delegates were also addressed by Executive Director Tayo Agunlejika on building the ethnic constituency and Harry Tauafiafi from the Electoral Commission on encouraging registration on the electoral roll. Mr Agunlejika noted that the ethnic constituency continues to grow in significance, and that the Asian population in New Zealand, for example, is predicted to increase to 790,000 in the next twelve years.

The annual general meeting also included discussions on funding and managing volunteers. A session on family violence in ethnic communities focused particularly on preventive factors such as cultural identity, community safety, participation and inclusion.
Weng Kei Chen of Christchurch and Grace Hollander of Palmerston North (formerly of Christchurch) were awarded life membership. Both were founding members of Multicultural New Zealand (then the Federation of Ethnic Councils) in 1989. Merit certificates were awarded to Arish Naresh (Tairawhiti Multicultural Council), Raveen Annamalai (Wellington Multicultural Council) and Rob Torr (Rangitikei/Whanganui Multicultural Council.

A highlight of the meeting was the multicultural gala and awards night organised by the Wellington Multicultural Council at Shed 6 on the Wellington waterfront, attended by several hundred guests to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Multicultural New Zealand and to recognise local members of ethnic communities who have made outstanding contributions.

Alexis LewGor succeeded Priyani de Silva-Currie as President and will lead an executive team comprising Arish Naresh (Vice President), Anita Mansell (Treasurer), Marie Johnstone (Secretary) and Priyani de Silva-Currie (Immediate Past President). Ganges Singh, Lonie Martin and Yoonha Park were re-elected as Presidents of the Seniors, Women’s and Youth Councils.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news